space·​craft | \ˈspās-ˌkraft \

Definition of spacecraft 

: a vehicle or device designed for travel or operation outside the earth's atmosphere

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During Thursday's news conference, Jensen said SpaceX was still working an issue with a thermal panel on the Dragon spacecraft. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018 While getting InSight into space is the main point of the mission, there are also two smaller spacecraft along for this ride. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch NASA launch its quake-detecting Mars lander Saturday morning," 4 May 2018 The Mars InSight lander, planned for launch May 5, will be the first spacecraft dedicated to studying the deep interior of the red planet. Amina Khan,, "InSight: NASA's next mission to Mars will go deep beneath the red planet's surface," 30 Mar. 2018 Juno is the first spacecraft that’s letting scientists peel back the planet’s banded skin to answer that question. National Geographic, "New Photo Shows Huge Cyclone Horde on Jupiter," 7 Mar. 2018 Earthlings have been fascinated for centuries by the fourth rock from the sun, writing books, making movies and sending spacecraft there. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Night sky brings a treat this month as Mars is the brightest it has been in 15 years," 13 July 2018 On Friday, June 29, SpaceX launched a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, its 15th resupply mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japanese rocket blows up, NASA chief ponders purpose of SLS," 6 July 2018 Whenever Musk or one of his rivals sends up a spacecraft, the carriers which operate closer to the ground must avoid large swaths of territory and incur sizable expenses. Justin Bachman,, "Commercial rockets are making life complicated for airlines," 2 July 2018 Whenever Musk or one of his rivals sends up a spacecraft, the carriers which operate closer to the ground must avoid large swaths of territory and incur sizable expenses. Fortune, "Commercial Rockets Are Making Life Complicated for Airlines," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of spacecraft

1929, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle that is used for travel in outer space


space·​craft | \ˈspās-ˌkraft \
plural spacecraft

Kids Definition of spacecraft

: a vehicle for travel beyond the earth's atmosphere

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